How Moms May Unknowingly Influence Their Children’s Oral Health
If you never teach your child how to brush and floss, or the importance of maintaining a clean mouth, then your child’s poor oral health would be no mystery. A new study from the British Dental Health Foundation, however, suggests that mothers may negatively affect their children’s oral health without realizing it, even after caring for their child’s teeth and teaching proper hygiene techniques. Dallas dentist Dr. Brock Lynn explores the study, as well as what it could tell you about protecting your young child’s dental health.
(Dental) Knowledge is Power, Even at Home
Our early years involve the most rapid development period of our lives, and most of a child’s early learning and understanding is largely based on home and family experience. Because of this, the window for instilling good oral hygiene habits in your child is relatively small. The British dental health study analyzed medical and dental data of 224 teenagers dating back to the age of three. The results indicate that mothers who are more emotionally stable, able to effectively handle stressful situations, and who had a stronger grasp of oral health concerns equated to teenagers with better oral health throughout their childhoods than their counterparts. The authors of the study say that their results exemplify the importance of ensuring their children learn good hygiene as early as possible.
Lead by Example
The best way to show your children the value of good oral hygiene is to practice it yourself. For more information about optimizing your oral health and teaching your children to do the same, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. We are located in the 75240 area, serving patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.